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Posted on December 6, 2012 - 8:31am, by nwehner

Via NOAA

The Arctic region continued to break records in 2012—among them the loss of summer sea ice, spring snow cover, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet. This was true even though air temperatures in the Arctic were unremarkable relative to the last decade, according to a new report released today.

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Posted on December 5, 2012 - 10:38am, by nwehner

Via the Los Angeles Times

The federal government cleared the way Thursday for waters off the Northern California coast to become the first marine wilderness in the continental United States, ending a contentious political battle that pitted a powerful U.S. senator against the National Park Service.

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Posted on December 5, 2012 - 10:30am, by nwehner

Via the Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has submitted proposals to the EU that include plans for Europe’s largest marine area of nature conservation in waters west of Scotland.

The designation of Hatton Bank as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), located approximately 500 km west of Lewis, would cover an area of 15,694 square kilometres – more than 10 times the size of Fife.

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Posted on December 5, 2012 - 9:48am, by nwehner

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) is proposing to lease offshore wind power on the outer continental shelf offshore of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. BOEM is soliciting comments on this proposal through February 1st, 2013. Full details are in the attached PDF from the Federal Register.

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Posted on December 4, 2012 - 9:23am, by nwehner

The Commission's decision to warn eight third countries (Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vanuatu) was taken after a thorough analysis in line with the criteria of the EU's IUU Regulation1. The analysis took into account, among others, each country's commitment to the fight against IUU fishing and its level of development. On the basis of this analysis, priority was given to the most flagrant cases (e.g.

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Posted on December 4, 2012 - 7:58am, by nwehner

Via the Guardian

Substantial deployment of offshore wind by 2030 would boost growth and create 70,000 more jobs than gas

Large-scale investment in offshore wind would generate more wealth for the economy and create more jobs than relying on gas-fired power plants, a report suggested on Tuesday.

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